I am often asked what to bring to fish for trout in the Squamish and Whistler area. Well here it is:
1. Sink tip line Type III or IV (Required for targeting char in rivers)
2. Floating Line (rivers and lakes) 3. Intermediate sink Type II or III for stillwaters
Rods: 9 or 9.5 ft – 4wt for rainbows, 5 or 6wt for rainbows/cutthroat/char (Dolly Varden/Bull Trout)
Reels: Large arbor is essential to pick up line when fishing the lakes. The rainbows have a tendency to turn and run very quickly at the angler.
Flies: A selection of the following:
*Elk Hair Caddis – Brown/Black (#10-#16)
*Tom Thumb (#10-#16)
Stimulators (#6-#10) Goddard Caddis (#10)
Nymphs (beaded and unbeaded):
*Pheasant Tail – Browns #14-#10
*Hare’s Ear – Natural
Kauffman stonefly – brown, black #6-#10
Caddis Pupa – #14
Dragon Nymphs – Browns/Blacks
Damsel Nymphs (olive #8,#10)
*Wooly Buggers – size 8 (*Brown, Black, Olive)
Egg Sucking Leech
Most prey species in the area are as follows:
Salmon fry / Small Trout (1.5-3″), Sculpins (1.5-4″), Caddis, Mayfly, Stonefly, leeches (mostly browns)
Hint – In Summer, fish the surface first in rivers with a dry, then follow through again with a wet fly to produce char!
*Make sure you have these!